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Oct 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
on everything. >> reporter: and paul hertel. they're curiosity grew into activism. they educated themselves about coal-fired plants and emissions and then commissioned three studies. one of the most important studies the two commissioned was from a local scientists who disproved what the company was saying about something called downwash. instead of pollutant particles going up into the atmosphere the scientists found they were actually coming down into the neighborhood. >> it proved that more than 1,200 hours a year this plant was emitting sulfur dioxide beyond the national standards. >> reporter: the downwash was due in part to the short stacks required because the plant is in the flight path of national airport. a penn state study matched the company's coal to that gray residue and a harvard study connected residents' health problems to pollutants spewed out by the plant. >> we can all take a deep breath. >> reporter: but until the last 15,000 tons of coal is gone elizabeth chimento will be keeping track. peggy fox, 9 news now. >> clean-up at the plant will take up to 18 months. most o
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